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AG Kilmartin and LG McKee to Call for Greater Transparency and Fair Competition in Electricity Supplier Market

Attorney General Peter F. Kilmartin and Lt. Governor Daniel J. McKee will hold a press conference to call for greater transparency and fair competition in the competitive electricity market and the elimination of so-called "billing adjustments" by National Grid when ratepayers switch to a different electricity supplier.

Also speaking at the press conference will be Leah Sandberg of Sandberg Machine, a small family-owned business that was charged $1,845 by National Grid after switching to a different electricity supplier offering lower rates.

The press conference is scheduled for Tuesday, April 14, 2015 at 12:30 p.m. at the Office of Attorney General, 150 South Main Street, Providence.

With skyrocketing electricity rates this year, many residential customers and businesses are switching to electricity suppliers offering significantly lower rates than National Grid only to discover they are required to pay a "billing adjustment," which is the bill recalculation to cover the difference between the default fixed-rate basic service and a variable rate.

Kilmartin and McKee have intervened in National Grid's Energy Procurement case now pending before the Public Utilities Commission to request the termination of the "billing adjustment" practice and mandate greater transparency and clearer notification on National Grid billing materials and unregulated energy suppliers' marketing materials.

Where: Office of Attorney General; 150 South Main Street, Providence

When: Tuesday, April 14, 2015; 12:30 p.m.

Who: Attorney General Peter Kilmartin, Lt. Governor Daniel McKee, and Leah Sandberg of Sandberg Machine

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